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Pewamo’s Block Party

A Hometown Tradition

“Multiple generations of the same families have chosen to stay in Pewamo for a reason,” said Randy Zenk, Village President. “I believe that people are migrating back to small towns like Pewamo because they find solace in the way things used to be. This is our way of celebrating what it means to live in small town America,” he added.

The celebration of Pewamo’s Sesquicentennial in 2009 resulted in many great memories of fellowship and fun for the citizens and friends of Pewamo. It provided an opportunity to remember our history, gather in our streets and enjoy all that makes our small town special. For many it was a time for coming home to a place they loved, to reminisce and to catch up with old friends.

It was in that spirit that the Sesquicentennial committee decided to create a new tradition that would continue the celebration of small town life in Pewamo, and Block Party was born. Block Party is held the weekend after Labor Day and has become a wonderful way to close out the summer. 

In 2018 we will celebrate our tenth celebration in the streets of Pewamo!  Plans are already in the works to make this another memorable and enjoyable opportunity for citizens and friends of Pewamo to come together!

The family fun begins on Friday night.  All are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and settle in to enjoy a family friendly movie shown on a huge screen under the evening stars. This is reminiscent of the outdoor movies that were shown on Saturday nights in Pewamo during the 1940’s and 50’s.

On Saturday afternoon portions of Main and State Streets are blocked off by local Fire and Rescue vehicles, and downtown Pewamo takes on a festive appearance as tents and bleachers are put in place for the evening’s activities.

In 2012 Pewamo-Westphalia Elementary School joined Block Party with their Fall Fest. That partnership continues; adding more family fun with large inflatables, a dunk tank, games and prizes for the children. There are also silent auctions to raise money to support various school programs. 

Saturday’s festivities begin with local veterans participating in a flag raising ceremony and the singing of the national anthem. Immediately following the tribute to our country, the party begins with music, food, and face painting. There is also dancing in the streets to the music of the Mello Tones, a band who has a long tradition of entertaining in our area.

One of the big hits at every year’s Block Party is the Home Grown Talent Show! This show starts at 7:00 and features a variety of musical acts, often performed by local people. The Home Grown Talent Show never fails to entertain and is fondly remembered  in the days and weeks following Block Party.  You don’t want to miss it!

What started with Sesquicentennial as a celebration of history, has evolved into a celebration of what Pewamo is today!  Our thanks go out to the countless volunteers who make it possible and to all who come to join in the party!

President Randy Zenk with Pewamo Fire & Rescue's Mascot

President Randy Zenk & Fire Chief Jim Cassel offer tribute to Retired Chief Bill Wandell.

Some of the fine men who serve on Pewamo Fire & Rescue

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We've shared some pictures from the Home Grown Talent Show below!

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